Barbara Frost
For nine years prior to joining WaterAid, Barbara was Chief Executive of Action on Disability and Development – working with disability organisations in 12 countries throughout Africa and Asia.

Before coming back to work in the UK Barbara worked for ActionAid, Save the Children and Oxfam, Australia in Mozambique and Malawi. Barbara also worked for several years in Australia with the Federal and State governments as well as with the voluntary and community sector.

Barbara is a Board member of WaterAid Australia. In 2008 her term as Vice Chair of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations, ACEVO, came to an end. She had been a Board member for six years.

Entries by Barbara Frost

It's No Joke: The State of the World's Toilets

(2) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 7:00 PM

You've no doubt come across some grim toilets in your time. But imagine if there were no usable toilets close to your home or work place at all?

This World Toilet Day, WaterAid has released a new report It's No Joke: The State of the...

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Why Opening a New Community Toilet Should Be Glamorous

(7) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 10:38 AM

Nestling in the shadow of a magnificent avenue of giant baobab trees is a school that helps encapsulate how thinking around water and sanitation provision needs to change if the world is to meet the goal of universal access by 2030.

Up until three years ago, the Tsimahavoabe school in...

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Wising Up About Water

(4) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 8:00 PM

Water. Without it, nothing would happen. It is first a prerequisite for life; it underpins every element of human development. Without it we cannot produce food, harness energy or sustain a productive economy. Yet there is no other resource so much taken for granted.

Water for development is the theme...

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Belu Water Hits £1Million - And Transforms People's Lives

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 11:40 AM

We are thrilled to announce that this World Water Day Belu has donated an incredible £1 million to WaterAid's work since our award-winning partnership began in 2011. To put this into perspective, this donation can transform the lives of over 66,000 people, improving their access to...

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Solving the Sanitation Riddle of India

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2015 | 7:21 AM

India has undergone an astonishing transformation over the past decade or so. When I first visited India in the early 70s few would have predicted that this amazing country would today have an IT industry worth over $100 billion a year or that Indian companies would come to own some...

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Time to Look Ahead on Ebola

(1) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 7:00 PM

As the Ebola crisis in West Africa begins to ease, there is equal cause for hope and fear.

The news that infections have slowed to fewer than 100 new cases per week is cause for optimism. At last, national governments and the World Health Organization have been able to talk...

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Focusing on Water - The World's Most Valuable Resource

(1) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 7:00 PM

The world is facing a water and sanitation crisis, with 2.5billion people on our planet lacking access to a basic toilet. The global health and economic costs are huge. However, the crisis can be addressed, and there is an important and growing role for private enterprise.


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The Known Unknowns of Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 12:08 PM

For those of us working towards ending poverty in the developing world, the issues swirling around the debate on climate change can be challenging. There are of course a small handful of skeptics who remain resolute in the face of the overwhelming evidence and scientific consensus. However for those of...

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Toilets Can't End the Violence - But Are Part of the Solution

(2) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 8:00 PM

The story of two teenage girls raped and murdered in India this spring while looking for a discreet place to relieve themselves outdoors made headlines around the world.

Sadly, their situation is far from unique. Half a billion women and girls - 15% of females worldwide - are forced...

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High-Level Talk on Safe Water and Toilets

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 12:21 AM

A new toilet block and taps for hand washing and drinking has changed the lives of these schoolgirls in Madagascar, but more work needs to be done. Credit: WaterAid/ Ernest Randriarimalala

On 11 April, just ahead of the IMF-World Bank Spring meetings...

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Is Aid Really Making the World Fairer?

(11) Comments | Posted March 23, 2014 | 8:00 PM

2014-03-21-Mustafa_Abdulaziz_Ethiopia.jpgKebede Gezihagn, smiling as he washes in clean water at the new water point, Layhte, Konso, Ethiopia. WaterAid / Mustafah Abdulaziz

It's often said that the world is an unfair place, and the luck of the draw has far-reaching consequences. From...

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Disability and DfID: Leave No One Behind

(2) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 7:00 PM

If you have any doubt as to why we think the UK's Department for International Development should prioritise disability, look no further than the situation of Esther Cheelo.

Blind, elderly and with difficulty walking, Esther has for years relied upon a child to walk her into the scrubland near her...

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World Toilet Day: Governments, Civil Society And Business Must Work Together to Tackle Sanitation For Women's Health

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 12:06 PM

One in three women worldwide risk shame, disease, harassment and even attack because they have nowhere safe to go to the toilet. 526 million women have no choice but to go to the toilet out in the open. Women and girls living without any toilets spend 97 billion hours each...

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Where Hunger and Thirst Meet

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 8:00 PM

The key theme at this year's Stockholm World Water Week is water and food security: how do we meet the ever developing needs of a growing population with an increasing demand for resources?

At WaterAid, we believe the answer lies in providing water and sanitation for...

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Delivering Water Babies

(6) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 8:00 PM

When delivering babies without water, nothing is possible. There is no hygiene. Water is everything. Everyone uses it - staff, women, everyone.

Caption: Madame Madié Diarra, midwife, commune of Tienfala, near to Bamako, Mali. Photographer Credit: WaterAid/Layton ThompsonMadame Madié Diarra is a...

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Ringo Starr Brings Flower Power to WaterAid's Chelsea Garden

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 12:50 PM

A Beatle is a gardener's best friend after all, as Ringo Starr paid us the amazing honour of opening the 'Herbert Smith Garden for WaterAid' at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 on Monday.

The Beatles legend has been a WaterAid supporter since 2003, and understands better than most the...

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Why the Poorest Will Have to Wait for Water

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 8:00 PM

The Millennium Development Goal on water has been met. This is a major global achievement and we should all feel pride in the part that our governments have played to get us to this milestone.

That over 2 billion people have gained access to clean water to drink since 1990...

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The Costs of Conflict

(2) Comments | Posted January 16, 2012 | 7:00 PM

"Conflict costs the average developing country roughly 30 years of GDP growth and countries in protracted crisis can fall over 20 percentage points behind in overcoming poverty" - Robert Zoellick, President of the World Bank, 2011 World Development Report.

The economic cost is just part of the tragedy...

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Disabled People in Developing Countries Have Equal Rights to Safe Water and Accessible Toilets

(1) Comments | Posted December 2, 2011 | 7:00 PM

"The toilet at the school is not clean. I get out of my wheelchair and then go on my hands. When I see dirt in the toilet I don't use it. It's very painful not to go to the toilet." Community member, Butajira town, Ethiopia

The UN International Day...

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World Toilet Day: Getting the World Back on Track

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2011 | 12:39 PM

For many people, the idea of having a global day dedicated to the humble toilet is quite an amusing one. Going to the toilet is something we generally don't talk about after all, and owning one just seems bog standard.

But this World Toilet Day (19 November), there are 2.6...

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